Awards and Honors
Student Recreation Center Receives the NIRSA 2016 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award
The NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities of NIRSA Member Institutions. Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students.
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L to R: Keith Russeau, architect at The
Collaborative; Dr. Steve Kampf, director of Recreation and Wellness;
Dave Serra, architect at The Collaborative
Student Recreation Center Recognized as a Top 10 Renovated Rec Center in the December 2014 Issue of University Business Magazine
University Business Magazine featured the Student Recreation Center
in the December 2014 issue, highlighting the
"wow" factor of the newly renovated facility as well as the
newly designed, welcoming front entrace. The judges also noted the
increased accessibility to the upper and lower levels of the
Bowling Green State University Earns Bronze Level
US Healthiest Campus Accreditation
The HealthLead™ US Healthiest Accreditation Programs recognize organizations that demonstrate best practices in health management and well-being. HealthLead™ is designed to set the standard for workplace and campus health management by expanding the definition and breadth of health to include integrated well-being support services and engagement and leadership in community health issues. HealthLead™ helps organizations learn and continue to improve the quality of delivered services. www.ushealthiest.org
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Student Affairs Awards
Wellness Connection Student Awards
Matt Reising – 2016 BACCHUS Region IV-East Outstanding Peer
Devin Smith – 2015 BACCHUS National Peer Educator of the Year
Student Wellness Network – 2015 Student Organization Educational Program of the Year – Applauding Excellence Award for the Fifty Shades of Reality Event
LaParis Grimes – 2015 BACCHUS Regional
Peer Educator of the Year
Christopher Otte – 2014 BACCHUS Network Regional Peer Educator
of the Year
Sarah DeWitt – 2014 BACCHUS Region 7 Outstanding Advisor of the
Brian Gulko – 2009 Citizenship Program of the Year - Gregory T. DeCrane Applauding Excellence Award for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week - Student Wellness Network Emerging Male Leader
Ashley Remer – 2009 BACCHUS Network Outstanding Student
Matt Reising, Wellness Connection Graduate Assistant
2016 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 3rd Place Student Digital Presentation
Digital timeline displaying the history of recreation at BGSU |
Recreation and Wellness Through the Years
Researcher, Writer, and Designer: Erica Pax, graduate student
This Tiki-Toki timeline features a diverse selection of photos, videos, and personal stories throughout the history of the department. It is part of a modern marketing plan that honors the past, and celebrates the future.
The timeline was developed after uncovering several boxes in a storage room at the Student Recreation Center prior to the 2013-14 facility renovation. Photographs of staff from the past, artifacts from anniversary celebrations, old t-shirts, complete photo albums, and other items including meeting minutes, event agendas, programs, and numerous documentation were uncovered. The decision was made to develop an interactive digital timeline that would provide a long-term place where stories about the history of the department could be cataloged for readers to enjoy for years to come, and in which new stories could continuously be added as new items and information are uncovered. Over time the focus of the project expanded to encompass the history of recreation at BGSU from its founding in 1910 to present day. The target audience includes current BGSU students, faculty and staff, and community members as well as BGSU alumni who are provided the opportunity to contribute to the ever growing history and remember their time at BGSU as employees or participants in recreation programming.
Erica conducted much research in creating this timeline. Each photo or artifact told a story, but additional work was necessary to uncover the complete story. Individuals shown in photograhs and referenced in various documents as well as long-term staff were contacted for interviews, and additional research was carried out at the BGSU Center for Archival Collections, the Wood County Courthouse, and online. All of the information was compiled and synthesized to create each story, and references were included for each source. Additionally, many photos were low quality or damaged from years of storage and were repaired in Photoshop.
The project was launched in January 2016 as part of the RecWell Rewind campaign, and content is circulated weekly on social media, the RecWell blog, campus closed circuit television screens, and on RecWell homepage banners. The help of practicum students, Alexia Chesbrough and Brent Darah, has been critical to the success of the campaign.
2016 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 3rd Place Website
Lead Developer: Lona Leck, assistant director of marketing and
Developer and Photographer: Erica Pax, graduate student manager
Developer: Lindsay Harmon, marketing associate
Developer: Joel Hartman, marketing assistant
Developer: Brooke Martin, marketing assistant
Developer: Mike Gragg, marketing assistant
Content Administrator: Malissa Davis, secretary
The Recreation and Wellness website was designed as the ultimate source of information about the department including programs, events, schedules, policies, and facilities for BGSU students, faculty and staff, and community members. The website was completely overhauled during the 2014-15 academic year during the transition from the Rhythmyx content management system to the Adobe AEM content management system. Project goals included improving the website's appearance, branding, and ease of navigation as well as to create a site that was memorable, beautiful, and useful to all audiences.
Lona Leck, assistant director of marketing and
2015 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 2nd Place Programming Publication
Birthday Party Coloring Book
Designer: Libbey Snyder, marketing associate
The birthday party coloring book was designed as a unique promotional product for distribution to children attending birthday parties hosted by Recreation and Wellness. The twenty-page booklet contained sixteen unique coloring pages featuring original artwork, a variety of children's activities, and prominently featuring the BGSU mascots and Recreation and Wellness branding. To include an educational component, each page also included the phrase "Happy Birthday" written in a variety of different langauges. The booklets also contained information about birthday party packages and birthday party guidelines.
2013 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 2nd Place Website
Lead Developer and Photographer: Lona Leck, assistant director
of marketing and student employment
Developer and Photographer: Jordan Cedoz, web and technology associate
Developer: Jillian Harris, web and technology manager
Content Administrator: Linda Hammer, administrative assistant
The Recreation and Wellness website was designed to be the ultimate source of information regarding facilities, programming, employmnet, and general information, and was designed to be interesting, entertaining, and informative. The target audience was BGSU students, faculty, and staff, and community members.
2013 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 3rd Place Student Digital Presentation
Sexual Assault Awareness Website
Designer: Megan Rose, marketing and web design associate
The sexual assault awareness website was designed to contribute a unique look and presentation of important information regarding sexual assault awareness to BGSU students, faculty, and staff. Images were shot specifically for the website with an emphasis on evoking the emotions of the end user surrounding the concepts and definitions of sexual assault awareness. The information presented on the site was lauded by the Sexaul Assault Awareness committee members as unique and creative.
2012 NIRSA Creative Excellence – Programming Publication Honorable Mention
Drinking and Driving Pledge Flyer
Designer: Jodi Wellman, marketing web and technology associate
The purpose of the Alcohol Awareness pledge flyer was to raise awareness against drinking and driving, and it primarily targeted students at BGSU. Flyers were distributed to numerous students at the Bowling Green State University Recreation Center.
2011 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 2nd Place Programming Publication
Graduate Assistant Recruitment Brochure
Designer: Piper Kullas, graphic design intern
The brochure was designed to recruit prospective graduate students to BGSU Recreation and Wellness, and the target audience included juniors and seniors at colleges and universities throughout the country as well as others attending NIRSA or ORSA events. It was designed to be delivered to students by our professional staff at conferences and to be downloaded from the website. The goal of the piece was to briefly describe the graduate assistantships offered through the department; to outline the application process, deadline, and requirements; and to convince graduate students that an assistantship with Recreation and Wellness would be a fun, educative decision. The brochure was designed to look fun and mature, and to represent the next step in these students lives.
2011 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 2nd Place Audio Visual Publication
Recreation and Wellness Programming Video
Videographer: Anthony Althauser, student web and technology manager
This video was designed to promote the department of Recreation and Wellness at BGSU and in the local community with the primary objective of informing viewers of the wide range of programs and facilities that the department offered students and the general public. The video was designed to capture and maintain the attention of its audience by using fast-paced, interesting, and exciting imagery coupled with the use of a clear, informative, and effective monologue.
BGSU Recreation and Wellness
2010 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 3rd Place Student Programming Publication
Monster Mash Wellness Bash Late Night Event Poster
Designer: Emily Martin, graphic design technology associate intern
This poster advertised the 2009 Monster Mash Wellness Bash Wellness Connection Late Night event to the campus community. The Monster Mash is a part of BGSU Late Night Events Programming, designed to give students alternative and healthy late-night entertainment options. Initially, the two-week project timeline was considered a limitation, but the designer had so much fun making it that it ceased to be a worry. The event was a huge success with over 500 students in attendance.
2009 NIRSA Creative Excellence – 3rd Place Website
Lead Developer: Lona Leck, assistant director of marketing and
Developer: Melissa Rausch, student web manager
Content Developer: Scott Sehmann, assistant director
Content Administrator: Linda Hammer, administrative assistant
The newly redesigned web presence for BGSU Recreation and Wellness was a graphic representation of the re-branding that had taken place within the University beginning in the fall of 2009; uniting all departments with a distinct and consistent feel. The creative process for the 1000 + item redesign encompassed a six month period of time. The web developer and one student assistant conducted individual meetings with program coordinators for the nine distinct functional areas and the four facility directors resulting in a comprehensive list of updated information, documents, and files needed for the site. Challenged by the limitations in BGSU’s Content Management System, relationships were cultivated with the BGSU Office of Marketing and Communications and the BGSU Office of Web Development whose assistance was required for the changes and approval of unique and separate navigational necessities; a template all inclusive of left, sub, and right hand navigation. Beyond functionality, the developers personally shot and included over 400 new and unique images of patrons and staff and cultivated content and layout criteria including new web graphic standards, cascading style sheets, and other visual components.
Winner of the NIRSA 2014 Recreational Sports Journal Award
Dr. Stephen Kampf, BGSU Director of Recreation and Wellness, along
with Erik Teske, former RecWell Staff Assistant, won the NIRSA 2014
Recreational Sports Journal Award. Dr. Kampf is pictured at
the right at the 2014 NIRSA Annual Convention.
2016-2017 Administrative Staff BG Best Award Winner
Lona Leck won the BG Best Award presented annually by the
Administrative Staff Council. Pictured at left is Lona, with nominator
Dr. Faith DeNardo. Read the complete BGSU Zoom News story.
Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Awards
Ethan Engel - 2016-2017 Outstanding New Professional
Erica Pax - 2015-16 Outstanding Student Employee
Dr. Faith DeNardo – 2013-14 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member
Terry Carver – 2011-12 Outstanding Classified Staff Member
Cathy Swick – 2009-10 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member
Bryan Cavins – 2008-09 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member
Thad Long – 2004-05 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member
Linda Hammer – 1999-00 Outstanding Classified Staff Member
Scott Levin – 1999-00 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member
Jodi Laubis – 1996-97 Outstanding Classified Staff Member
John Booth – 1990-91 Outstanding Classified Staff Member
Ronald Zwierlein – 1986-87 Outstanding Administrative Staff Member